Razz by definition means to deride, heckle, or tease. After picking up four cards to a wheel and seeing the next three come out with pictures on them fits the definition perfectly. Not too many people like to be teased, and its most likely the reason why when poker players speak of the game of Razz a bitter beer face comes up even on the most positive players. It is the third game in H.O.R.S.E. and that why mixed-game specialists continue to sharpen their skills for a game that makes you feel like head butting a steel beam while playing at times.
Despite the potential for head injuries, 1,958 players piled into today's Event #27-L with $25,000 guarantee and for a modest $22 investment one of them could walk away with the $6,726.26 first prize. 288 of them would take home a small profit on their buy-in. A few Team PokerStars pros and Team Online caught too many bricks and finished outside the money. Jorge "twin-caracas" Arias (1,316th place), Pat Pezzin (1,153rd place), Greg DeBora (1,066th place), Liv Boeree (744th place) were all shooting for that SCOOP championship watch and came up short.
After v3000s from Russia caught his last face card in 289th place, the money bubble opened up as Team PokerStars pro Bryan Huang (186th place, $35.24) and Team Online Richard "Tzen1" Veenman (113th place, $46.99) managed to hold on to their sanity long enough to take a piece of the $39,160.00 guarantee busting prize pool.
Down to the final three tables one name seemed to stick out. UhhMee with two final tables already under his belt was looking for a third. Perhaps more importantly, some needed Player of the Series points as the Canadian currently stood in tenth place, 120 points behind joiso. With 100 points going to the champion (along with a stylish SCOOP champion's watch), it was in UhhMee's grasp as the number tables collapse to two. Unfortunately, during the 40K/80K ante 8K stakes round, UhhMee found one too many bricks against Leotiger608 and would have to settle for 20 Player of the Series points in 14th place ($215.38).
revares cannot reverse
With the stakes moved up to 60K/120K ante 12K revares69 sat with just over two big bets deciding to three-bet the chip leader le pistash despite holding a K♣ on the door. le pistash with a 6♥ made the call to see fourth street as revares69 caught a little better with an ace A♣ this time as le pistash bricked Q♣. Bet by vevares69 and a call to see fifth as revares69 pushed his last bet for 87,016 chips in the middle with a 6♣ for and ace A♥ for le pistash made the call. revares69 revealed a decent six-low draw 4♦ 3♥ / K♣ A♣ 6♣ to le pistash's 7♣ T♥ / 6♥ Q♣ A♥. But, two pair later 3♠ 4♥ revares69 could not even best the ten-seven low of le pistash 7♦ 2♦ finishing in ninth place ($293.70) and starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: Leotiger608 (1077730 in chips)
Seat 2: Rockchuvak (195768 in chips)
Seat 3: Dooppe (1975164 in chips)
Seat 4: MrKrabss (683635 in chips)
Seat 5: polarop (1275215 in chips)
Seat 6: mapocalyps (570957 in chips)
Seat 7: le pistash (3093201 in chips)
Seat 8: Vaio09 (918330 in chips)
Just five hands into the final table Rockchuvak was looking to make a move holding under two big bets and found a decent 9♥5♠ / 4♥ starter to get his 105,768 chips in the middle after the door cards were dealt as MrKrabss and polarop joined along for the ride. MrKrabss would check call polarop's bet on fourth showing 5♣4♣ to polarop's 5♥3♠. Fifth street MrKrabss led this time after catching an 8♠ to polarop's queen Q♥. But, when polarop caught an ace A♣ on sixth MrKrabss check-folded as polarop showed a seven-six 7♦ 6♠ / 5♥ 3♠ Q♥ A♣ to Rockchuvak's still alive 9♥ 5♠ / 4♥ 2♠ 7♣ J♣. Needing an ace or three Rockchuvak instead got a lovely king K♠ as the Razz gods were not playing nicely and Rockchuvak picked up eighth place cash ($391.60).
Doing the crab walk
After losing several chips to polarop during Rockchuvak's elimination, five hands later MrKrabss would find himself all-in for 133,867 chips after the door cards were dealt. Vaio09 obliged with a call and caught an eight-seven by sixth street 3♠ 6♦ / 8♦ 3♥ 4♦ 7♦ / J♦ while MrKrabss would have a big sweat on the river holding a wheel draw 4♥ 3♦ / A♦ K♣ Q♣ 2♣. Per the definition of Razz, once again it was just a tease as another face card fell Q♠ as Vaio09 claimed the 403,734 chip pot and MrKrabss did the crab walk out of the final table in seventh place ($783.20).
A small discussion of chip chop started up but quickly died due to lack of the necessary responses to stop the tournament clock.
The road to sixth place
Shortly after the tenth hour break mapocalyps, Dooppe, and polarop got involved in a huge 1.3 million chip pot that would send one player home in sixth place, watch below:
While mapocalyps was all-in after the door card, polarop shook Dooppe loose after sixth street to expose a nine-six that would improve to a six smooth after the river 6♣ 3♥ / 9♥ 4♥ 4♣ 2♣ / A♠ mapocalyps was already drawing thin 9♠ 8♦ / 7♠ 6♥ 2♠ Q♦ / 8♠ but the river card became moot after polarop's ace fell and mapocalyps was sent on the road to sixth place ($1,174.80). No stranger to big Razz games mapocalyps took third last month in the Sunday $215 Razz tourney ($1,764.00) but could not muster a victory tonight.
Another cold board
polarop's name emits colder climates and seems to send those icy thoughts to his opponent's boards after knocking out MrKrabss and mapocalyps. Then with the stakes moving up to 120K/240K ante 24K polarop would freeze out yet another player. Holding just 39,730 chips Leotiger608 nursed a short stack long enough to snag fifth place money. After polarop brought it in with a queen Q♦ Dooppe called with an ace A♦ as Leotiger608 had no other decisions after his remaining 15,730 went into the pot. polarop's bet on fourth street got rid of Dooppe and managed to run off a seven-six 8♥ 3♣ / Q♦ 2♣ 6♣ 5♦ / 7♥ as Leotiger608 found too many pairs A♥ K♣ / 4♣ K♠ Q♥ 8♣ / 4♥ ending with a fifth place finish ($1,958.00) with an ugly king low.
Team Online Andre Coimbra was on hand to help final four to the chop numbers below
le pistash $5,147.64
But, Dooppe and polarop wanted a bit more than the offer and play continued without a chop in place.
Yet another slaying by polarop who seemed to be well in control of this final table, especially as Vaio09 and Dooppe fell to holding under a big bet a piece. With the stakes at 160K/320K ante 32K. Dooppe would call the bring-in holding a 6♦. After catching a 4♦ on fourth Dooppe got the remainder of that short stack in the middle against polarop holding a modest 9♥ 9♣ / 7♦ 6♠. Dooppe also held a pair but managed to improve to a nine-eight 9♦ 6♥ / 6♦ 4♦ 5♥ 8♠ / 5♠ but polarop caught just a little better finding a deuce and five on fifth and sixth 2♠ 5♣ / 7♥ to make a nine-seven and claim the 569,312 chip pot while dropping Dooppe in fourth place ($2,741.20).
Just five hands later watch below as Vaio09 could not make a huge comeback from holding just one big bet:
le pistash: 4♥ 9♠ / K♥ 2♠ 5♣ 6♠ / Q♣
Vaio09: A♦ 9♦ / 3♥ T♠ T♥ 2♥ / 2♦
Two pair on the end was not victorious for Vaio09 as the Russian took home $3,720.20 in third place.
Germany vs. Spain
le pistash (Spain) and polarop (Germany) could not agree on chop numbers and began a great heads up battle which each player held the chip lead multiple times. The two would battle for nearly 45 minutes until this decisive hand went down with polarop already holding a 7.4 million to 2.3 million chip lead and the stakes at 250K/500K ante 50K:
le pistash could not counter the eight-six 5♣6♦ / 2♠8♥9♠K♥ / 4♦ shown by polarop as the 4.1 million chip pot left le pistash with just 302,936 chips left.
Two hands later polarop collected the le scraps and became the SCOOP 2011 Event #27-L Razz champion earning $6,726.26 for the victory!
Be sure to check out the Inside SCOOP show tomorrow for all the highlights of tonight's exciting action as the SCOOP Main Event creeps even closer.
SCOOP 2011 Event #27-L Razz results (05-18-11)
1. polarop (Germany) $6,726.26
2. le pistash (Spain) $4,757.94
3. Vaio09 (Russia) $3,720.20
4. Dooppe (Denmark) $2,741.20
5. Leotiger608 (China) $1,958.00
6. mapocalyps (Netherlands) $1,174.80
7. MrKrabss (Germany) $783.20
8. Rockchuvak (Russia) $391.60